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FIREPROOF: Creating a wildfire action plan

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Creating a defensible space around your house is important before it's too late (PHOTO: WaDNR) Creating a defensible space around your house is important before it's too late (PHOTO: WaDNR)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Your Wildfire Action Plan must be prepared, and familiar to all members of your household well in advance of a wildfire. Use the checklist below to help create your plan. And keep in mind, each family’s plan will be different.

Create an evacuation plan that includes:

  •     A designated emergency meeting location outside the fire or hazard area. This is critical to determine who has safely evacuated from the affected area.
  •     Several different escape routes from your home and community.  Practice these often so everyone in your family is familiar in case of emergency.
  •     Have an evacuation plan for pets and large animals such as horses and other livestock.
  •     A Family Communication Plan that designates an out-of-area friend or relative as a point of contact to act as a single source of communication among family members in case of separation. (It is easier to call or message one person and let them contact others than to try and call everyone when phone, cell, and internet systems can be overloaded or limited during a disaster.)

Be Prepared:

  •     Have fire extinguishers on hand and train your family how to use them (check expiration dates regularly).
  •     Ensure that your family knows where your gas, electric, and water main shut-off controls are located and how to safely shut them down in an emergency.
  •     Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit for each person, as recommended by the American Red Cross. (See next section for details.)
  •     Maintain a list of emergency contact numbers posted near your phone and in your emergency supply kit.
  •     Keep an extra Emergency Supply Kit in your car in case you cannot get to your home because of fire or other emergency.
  •     Have a portable radio or scanner so you can stay updated on the fire.
  •     Tell your neighbors about Ready, Set, Go! and your Wildfire Action Plan.


Family Communication Plan
Illustration of family communication plan. Download and fill out this Family Communication Plan and place it near your telephone where it can easily be found by everyone in your household. Copy the form and keep it in your Emergency Supply Kits. This will allow all family members to have access to this key information in case you get separated.

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